In 2011 the practise was appointed to refurbish a substantial penthouse apartment for a young family within a Kensington Conservation area. Together with the client we established a vision to create a warm and comfortable home with some strong contemporary features as well as hints to the past within the setting of this Georgian property.
The sensitivity of the site and the local authority’s restrictive attitude towards new architecture conflicted with the clients ambition to improve the buildings upper floor, making the planning application for this Grade II listed building a complicated negotiation process. The scheme involved raising the entire roof up to improve the limited ceiling, removing a roof section to create a sheltered terrace and the introduction of 3 large roof lights of which one was opening up to a roof terrace. The terrace at the top offers a great outdoor space a panoramic view across his beautiful part of London. On the lower level, three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms were substantially modified and renovated. The client had a passion for vintage furniture and reclaimed materials which resulted in a lively warm palette of character full materials including reclaimed oak floorboards, bespoke spanish encaustic tiles, fumed oak parquet, emperador marble and exposed brick.
All services were updated and an advanced cinema and music system was incorporated. The work started on site in March 2012 and was completed by September that year.